Our Sacred History
Warriors and Veterans
Lipan Apaches have served proudly and honorably
for over 250 years as scouts and soldiers. As early as 1750, the Spanish at
San Antonio used Lipan scouts because they were well known for their superior
tracking abilities and their intimate knowledge of Texas terrain.
The Lipans fought in battles for Mexican independence
from Spain and watched the Battle of the Alamo, where they were in sympathy with
the Texian and Tejano defenders. However, they were not called into service
as Indian allies by Sam Houston until shortly after the Battle of San Jacinto.
Lipan Apaches served as Indian scouts for the U.S.
Army in the 1870ís and 1880ís. They have fought in World War I, World War II, Korea,
Vietnam, and Desert Storm. Many of our women and men continue to
proudly serve their country today wherever and in whatever way they are asked to. They are true
patriots and heroes.
Let us honor and remember the Lipan scouts of Texas:
Apache Lipan- served 1878-1879 at Forts Griffin & Clark
Apache Tardaste- served 1878-1881 at Forts Griffin & Clark
Apache Lewis- served 1878-1880 at Forts Griffin & Clark
Apache John aka Juan Guerrero-served 1880-81 at Ft. Griffin
Let us honor and remember the Lipan scouts of New Mexico:
Chevato- served 1883, 1885 at Ft. Stanton
Dinero- served 1886 at Ft. Stanton
Magoosh- served 1885, 1886 at Ft. Stanton
Shosh- served 1885 at Ft. Stanton
Jose Torres- served 1886 at Ft. Stanton